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Instructional Resources

Gifted best practices are those instructional approaches that are sustainable over time and can be used with any grade level or content curriculum. Gifted best practices are those strategies that support higher level thinking and increased rigor in any lesson plan. Gifted best practices move students from acquisition of knowledge, where the teachers does most of the thinking and work, to assimilation and adaptation of knowledge, where students do both the thinking and the work. Lesson plans that include gifted best practices address high levels of rigor and relevance for all students. Students of all abilities and aptitudes, not just gifted students, benefit from these. Programs, such as Junior Great Books, are valuable tools that may be used to address specific student needs or a particular purpose, and may utilize best practices, but are a resource.